Category Archives: Exhibition

A painting called Girt by Sea 3 by Lynda Fynn Dickinson

Language and Commerciality

A recent video on the Royal Academy of Art, London’s David Remfry, Royal Academician, and his journey in art over many years was very inspiring.  In it he shares with us the view that many artists need, for commercial survival, to create something that appeals to the public, and not what the artist themselves necessarily […]

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A painting called Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 70 by Robert Motherwell

Shapes : Robert Motherwell

I was first introduced to the abstract expressionist painting of Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) after a visit to the Abstract Expressionist exhibition in Bilbao in 2017.   It is, however, Motherwell’s paintings on Elegy to the Spanish Republic, painted between 1948-1967, which interest me most. He painted over 100 paintings on the subject, and was always seeking […]

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A painting called Around the Fish by Paul Klee

“Around the Fish” by Paul Klee

I have long been an admirer of Paul Klee, particularly his fish paintings, and enjoyed viewing the textures and techniques of this artwork in the flesh at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The fish is orbited by his iconography which evolved out of his teaching at the Bauhaus.  The arrow, which he used as […]

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A window sculpture called America Windows by Marc Chagall

“America Windows” by Marc Chagall

With light shining through this masterpiece, Chagall’s America Windows makes a fine display at the Art Institute of Chicago:  I found myself looking at the play of colours for a long time. At the end of World War II, Chagall sought new artistic expression, and working with master stained-glass maker, Charles Marq, made 86 windows […]

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A sculpture called Sleeping Woman, by Charles Ray, exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago (2015)

“Sleeping Woman” by Charles Ray

This was my favourite artwork by Charles Ray at his Art Institute of Chicago 2015 exhibition. Although this work is made from solid stainless steel, the woman reminds me of the Sleeping Venus by Giorgione or Ophelia, the latter also painted by various artists including a more recent version by a Royal Academician in Britain. Ray marvelled […]

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2015 Exhibition

“waRAW”, a three-week exhibition of paintings, sculptures, digital art and photography, was held in February 2015 at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle, Western Australia.  It featured the work of four Perth artists (Lynda Fynn Dickinson, Roger Dickinson, Mitzi Smith, and  Robyn Varpins) and  explored some core elements that make Western Australia visually unique.  waRAW was officially opened by […]

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Photograph of "Casa Tornada" (2013) by Rafael Gómezbarros

Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea: new art from Africa and Latin America

Pangaea: new art from Africa and Latin America was held at Saatchi from 2nd April to 2nd November 2014.  The African and Latin American theme was stunning, and appealed on both emotional and conceptual levels, as many paintings dealt with war, suffering and religious conflicts. The sculpture “Casa Tomada” by Columbian artist Rafael Gómezbarros was outstanding. The artist had used […]

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Photograph of "Mimosa" by Matisse

Matisse at the Tate Modern

The Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs exhibition ran at London’s Tate Modern from 17th April to 7th September 2014. Built in the former Bankside Power Station, Southwark, the Tate Modern might arguably be one of the most-visited modern museums in the world and it was a great venue for this popular exhibition from one of France’s finest artists. I so enjoyed the […]

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Poster from "Van Gogh & Artaud" exhibition

van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society

From 11th March to 6th July 2014 the Musee D’Orsay mounted a superb Vincent Van Gogh exhibition based on the essay by Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society. Artaud had spent nine years in a psychiatric hospital so was well situated as an artist to write about a painter who is often deemed to be mad. […]

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Photograph of "High voltage painting"

Martial Raysse at the Pompidou Centre

A retrospective of work by Martial Raysse was staged at the Pompidou Centre in Paris from 14th May to 22nd September 2014. It’s the first retrospective of this pop-artist’s work, so at 78 years old, Martial Raysse, a French contemporary of America’s Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and England’s David Hockney, has had to wait a long time for […]

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